December 24, 2021 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines – Starting January 3 next year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Medical Assistance Program will only be available at 44 hospitals with Malasakit centers in Metro Manila, Batangas, Cebu , Iloilo, Laguna and Palawan.
These are public hospitals run either by the Ministry of Health or by local government units, according to the PCSO.
Of the 44 hospitals, 30 are located in the National Capital Region.
The charity said requests for medical aid would be granted to indigent patients at Batangas Medical Center and Batangas Provincial Hospital; Laguna Medical Center; Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital, and Ospital ng Palawan.
In the province of Cebu, medical assistance will be available at six public hospitals: Cebu City Medical Center, Eversley Child Sanitarium Lapu Lapu City Hospital, St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Talisay District Hospital/Cebu South Medical Center and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
In Iloilo, MAP assistance will be available at Malasakit Centers at Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital, Western Visayas Medical Center and Western Visayas Sanatorium.
The PCSO is committed to providing medical assistance to the poor despite being one of the main funding agencies of the government’s universal health care program.
Under Republic Act 1223 or the Universal Health Care Act, the PCSO is mandated to allocate 40% of its charitable funds to implement the law.